Make your mark on Jewish student life by joining Vanderbilt Hillel as the Director of Development. You’ll power our Hillel by connecting people to our community and raising vital funds. Vanderbilt Hillel is uniquely poised for tremendous growth in the coming years, surrounded by a dynamic and rapidly growing community and campus.
As our Development Director, you will oversee and plan development strategies, including campaigns and fundraising events, as well as strengthening and growing stakeholder relationships. You will harness your energy and excitement to share the story of our success and inspire support.
What You’ll Do
- Create and execute a robust development strategy for Vanderbilt Hillel.
- Work with Vanderbilt Hillel staff and lay leaders to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of current and future major donors
- Manage our annual cycle of fundraising events and campaigns including the direct mail, parents/alumni weekends and our annual gala.
- Engage with lay leadership to cultivate a culture of giving, develop a leadership pipeline for development efforts, and strengthen their capacity to support our organization.
- Chair the Board of Directors fundraising subcommittee.
- Act as a key thought partner and member of our Hillel’s senior staff team.
On a day to day basis you will
- Engage in outreach to parents and alumni.
- Perform prospect research, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major gift donors on behalf of Vanderbilt Hillel. Work with the Executive Director to research and execute their own portfolio of major gifts.
- Administer the development database and ensure data entry and gift processing is precise.
- Prepare grant proposals and reports for individual donors, philanthropic foundations, other funders and the board.
- Oversee all mail and internet-based solicitations, including the design and production of marketing materials.
- Advise Hillel staff and student leaders on sponsorship opportunities and fundraising initiatives, including recruiting, training and mobilizing students to partner in Hillel’s development efforts.
- Build partnerships with campus administration and the campus development office, Hillel’s International Centers, and foundations.
- Develop and promote a culture of philanthropy throughout Hillel, including creativity, teamwork, accountability and continuous improvement.
- Forecast fundraising potential for annual budgeting and monitor development expenses.
What You’ve Accomplished
- 5+ number of years in fundraising, development. Experience in higher education, marketing, or event planning.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- Proven success at:
- Executing annual fundraising campaigns, including cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation through in-person, print, and online channels
- One-on-one gift solicitation and relationship building
- Management of donor or customer relation databases
- Use of social media
What You’ll Bring to the Job
- Strong entrepreneurial spirit - things may not go according to plan, but you’ll take risks and learn from wins as well as losses
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Willingness to facilitate conversations about Judaism and Israel to inspire stakeholders to invest in our work
- Capacity to work independently and collaboratively, successfully managing multiple priorities
- Understanding of current trends, ability to recommend and implement plans to increase donors, contributions, and identify new opportunities
- Superior oral and written communication skills
What You’ll Receive
- Competitive salary in the nonprofit marketplace. The salary range for this role is $60,000-80,000
- A comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan, Life, AD&D and Long Term Disability (LTD) insurances, Flexible Spending accounts, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
- Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities
- Plenty of Hillel schwag
About Vanderbilt Hillel
Vanderbilt University, which boasts one of the fastest growing Jewish campus communities in the country, is a wonderful university located in a metropolitan area. We are the center of Jewish life at Vanderbilt, serving the religious, social, and educational needs of the undergraduate and graduate Jewish student communities. Our Hillel prides itself in offering Jewish college students different ways to express their Jewishness through approximately 20 different student groups and initiatives. The city of Nashville is filled with opportunities, entertainment, and a welcoming and open Jewish community.
About Hillel International
In 1923, Rabbi Benjamin Frankel started Hillel with humble means, a noble mission and a breathtaking vision: to convey Jewish civilization to a new generation. Today, Hillel International continues to enrich the lives of Jewish students and is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world at more than 550 colleges and universities across North America and around the world. As Hillel evolves as an organization, the mission remains steadfast: to create lasting connections with every Jewish student that foster an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel and train them to become the next Jewish leaders.
Vanderbilt Hillel is affiliated with Hillel International. Hillel International enriches the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, and envisions a world where every student is inspired to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.
Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.